Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review - HotHardware

Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review

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True enthusiasts can appreciate a good looking motherboard. Here, we find the Rampage III Extreme sports a familiar black and red theme found in the Republic of Gamers family. But as sexy as it looks, beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say.  After installing the board in a case, adding a memory kit, CPU cooler, and videocards, the motherboard is covered up from top to bottom.

For the uninitiated, overclockers require constant access to their components in order to make modifications during benchmarking runs. This can sometimes lead to the use of open air test benches or bypassing the use of a case altogether. The layout found on the Rampage III Extreme definitely lends itself to this use model, derived from a long history of enthusiast level motherboards and listening to the needs of their customers. 

The board features several onboard switches that allow fine tuning in an open case environment. Here we find a power switch, reset switch, GO button, PCIe x16 lane switches, and Probelt connections. The GO button enables the MemOK! feature and loads a preset overclocking profile. In addition, the PCIe x16 lane switches allow you to turn expansion slots on and off for easier troubleshooting. Also, the Probelt feature gives overclockers a valuable advantage as it offers a central location for voltage readings without the requirement of additional modifications.

There are four red PCI Express x16 slots on the Rampage III Extreme. They are double spaced in order to support the installation of large videocards that take up two slots each. Dual card setups should make use of the first and third PCIe x16 slot, leaving the second slot empty to allow for increased airflow. Additionally, the board can handle up to three NVIDIA videocards in Tri-SLI, or up to four ATI cards for Quad-CrossFire.

Along the edge of the board, we find a total of nine SATA ports. The six gray ports go through the Intel ICH10R, while the black port connects to the JMicron JMB363. The pair of red SATA ports are Marvell 6Gb/s connectors.

Back Panel I/O  
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • 7 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN jacks
  • 1 x IEEE1394a port
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF out port
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
  • 1 x Clear CMOS switch
  • 1 x External SATA port
  • 1 x ROG Connect On/Off switch
  • 6 audio ports

  • ROG motherboard support DVD
  • User guide
  • Q-Connector kit
  • 2-port USB 2.0 / eSATA module
  • I/O shield
  • Thermal sensor cable pack
  • Cable ties pack
  • ROG theme label
  • ROG cable label
  • Optional fan thermal module
  • RC Bluetooth card
  • ROG Connect cable
  • Probelt cable set
  • 3-way SLI bridge
  • SLI cable
  • CrossFire cable
  • 3 x SATA cables
  • 1 x SATA 6G cable

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Doesn't seem to be much better with benches to the rampage 2, while the rampage 2 beat the rampage 3 in some test :P

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Yes, this version is about refinement and more features. An X58 chipset is an X58 pretty much, at least when you're talking about boards in the class of manufacturer that Asus is.

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refinement and more features

Yes, I agree, it's feature packed.

I like the true X16 by X16 (SLI or Crossfire) possibilities. This is one thing I'll be looking for in a mainboard fairly soon. Hopefully I can get it for less cash though.

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Yes, this version is about refinement and more features. An X58 chipset is an X58 pretty much, at least when you're talking about boards in the class of manufacturer that Asus is.

 No doubt this board is an OC dream as well as the AMD version, and everytime Asus opens a new bag of tricks I just start slobbering at the thought of going out and getting one. But seeing how I am limited financially I have to go for something a little more to the middle of Asus product line which is fine because Asus has that covered to ! I,ve got my eye on another board already but right now Im going to see how far my current board  the  M4A79DT will take me with the  new bios updates I can go for the BE965 which I intend on doing and play around with some new ram perhaps some G-Skill or OCZ and make good use of this board. I,ll just have to let the big boys with deep pockets play with the upper end toys. It appears that Asus has an bios update also for 6 core 1090 who nows how far this board will go. On the other hand my next board will probably be this Asus addition below!


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I have this board and love it.  In my opinion, it continues the legacy of the x48 Rampage Extreme -- thoughtfully designed flagship mobo with tons of overclocking features and potential.  it was great to see the MSRP come in at $379, which was lower than EVGA's competing Classified and also lower than the original MSRP of the Rampage II Extreme, which was a rare ASUS misstep, imo.

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Waiting on my new RAM to arrive if it does not work I will be in the market for an X58 board. I wonder how this board stacks up against the Asus P6T Deluxe?

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Hmm I wonder when Asus is going to begin offering limited lifetime warranties on their high end boards such as EVGA is doing.

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